Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mike Wallace changes tune after career day


Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace was publicly dissatisfied with his involvement in the team's Week 1 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

But after Sunday's 24-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts, in which he was targeted early and often en route to a career game, Wallace had no complaints.

"It's easier for any player when you're involved early," Wallace said after the game, via the Sun-Sentinel. "If you're involved in the game early, you get into the flow of the game and you feel good."

Wallace caught nine passes on the day, good for a regular season career-high, for 115 yards and a touchdown.

But if the first-year Dolphin did have one regret, it's that he didn't score a second time.

"I cannot get caught at the one-yard line," Wallace said half-joking, referring to a third quarter reception that was stopped just short of the endzone. "I disappointed my team. Next week, hopefully I'll make another play and don't get tackled at the one."

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said the Dolphins' plan was to get Wallace his touches early, and that priority was evident. His game-breaking ability helped shift focus from other receivers, helping Miami have a highly productive day through the air.

Fans got a glimpse of the prolific offense that was expected when the Dolphins went on a massive free agent spending spree, and they now have a team that's 2-0 and is playing like it could be a part of the playoff picture down the road.

Wallace, however, cautioned not to look ahead.

"It's only two wins," he said. "We have to keep it going."

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